William Michael Morgan reminisces on Christmases spent with his family in Mississippi throughout the nostalgic holiday ballad, “Home At Christmas,” which Sounds Like Nashville premieres today. The song is featured on the five-track Honky Tonk Christmas EP which will be released Friday, Oct. 29.
Morgan wrote the song with Curtis Grimes and David Adam Byrnes specifically for their upcoming A Honky Tonk Christmas Tour, which launches Nov. 18 in Little Rock, AR, and runs through Dec. 19 in Lindale, TX. The 19-city trek includes performances by Morgan, Grimes, Byrnes, Brian Callihan and Holly Tucker on select Texas dates. The two-hour concert is an in-the-round setting where the artists will each play the holiday tunes featured on the Honky Tonk Christmas project, including “Home At Christmas.”
“I really enjoyed writing this song with Curtis and David,” Morgan tells Sounds Like Nashville of the tune. “We went into the session wanting to write a song for the Christmas tour and we were all on the same page almost immediately.”
Morgan’s traditional country style is at the forefront of the holiday ballad alongside sweeping pedal steel, a driving beat and delicate strums of an acoustic guitar. Reminiscent to Randy Travis’ effortless singing style, Morgan’s vocals exude emotion as he sings of missing all his favorite family holiday traditions while out on the road.
“We talked about different traditions each of our families have during the holidays and what things we enjoyed the most,” Morgan adds. “Turns out we all wished we could spend more time home at Christmas, and that’s where the song came from.”
Listen to “Home At Christmas” below.
A Honky Tonk Christmas Tour benefits the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation through their local chapters. Fans are encouraged to bring toys for donation while money donations also will be accepted.
A Honky Tonk Christmas Acoustic Tour Dates and EP track list follows:
11/18 Little Rock, AR – South On Main
11/19 Nashville, TN – Nashville Palace
11/20 Atlanta, GA – Madlife Stage and Studios
11/26 Dallas, TX – Mamma Tried Deep Ellum
11/27 Cameron, TX – Country City Saloon
12/1 Tucson, AZ – Whiskey Roads Saloon
12/2 Grand Junction, CO – Warehouse 25 Sixty Five
12/3 Ft. Collins, CO – Sundance Steakhouse & Saloon
12/4 Kearney, NE – Joe’s Honky Tonk
12/5 Venice, NE – Buck’s Bar and Grill
12/8 Springfield, MO – Southbound Bar & Grill
12/9 Wichita, KS – Midnight Rodeo
12/10 Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
12/11 Stillwater, OK – Tumbleweed Dancehall
12/15 Borger, TX – At The Ranch
12/16 Roswell, NM – The Liberty
12/17 Justin, TX – The Mule Barn
12/18 Conroe, TX – Dosey Doe’s
12/19 Lindale, TX – Brisket Love BBQ & Icehouse
“Honky Tonk Christmas” track list:
1. “Honky Tonk Christmas” by David Adam Byrnes
2. “Pretty Paper” by Curtis Grimes Featuring Doug Stone
3. “Home At Christmas” by William Michael Morgan
4. “There’s a New Kid In Town” by Brian Callihan Featuring Jenee Fleenor
5. “With Bells On” by Holly Tucker Featuring Darryl Worley